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First lathe

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I am looking to buy my first lathe to make some topwater baits, i was wondering if anyone has used a Jet Pen Lathe, or if it would be big enough. if not what would be the best lathe for making lures.[/b]

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Check out the Harbor Freight mini lathe. It is variable speed, without

moving belts around, it has a cast iron base. I have had one for 3+

yrs and it is still going strong.

Coley

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I have a grizzly 8690 mini lathe and a Jet mini lathe. Both are good for plug making. The Jet is the better of the two, but more $$. I'm not familar with the pen lathe. If it is designed for making pens, it may not have enough power for plugs.

Andrew

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Just another one to look at. I'm planning on going with one of these. Seems to have a good warranty, and made in the U.S. (No, I have no problem with foreign goods..just like to see the "U.S.A." sticker on some of my stuff :) [/http://www.pennstateind.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=TCLPRO&Category_Code=url]

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PEN LATHE? Might want to look into "WOOD DOWELS". Its easy to turn and make sure the pen lathe can handle wood that big. I use a mini lathe but turn DOWEL ROD and use 1.5" diameter rod and turn till its 1" or whatever. Less choice of wood type but a big savings on time and tooling.

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